This video installation titled ‘echo Nacht – night Echoes’ is a direct response to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the genesis for the idea of a projection in the foyer. I have spliced fragments of imagery in black and white, reflecting flashback sequences of past and present into a melting pot of imagery questioning the universal ramifications of war. Berlin was both challenging and confronting for me at the time but more importantly it has made me question the futility of such times to create this different body of work.
‘echo Nacht – night Echoes’ is a collaboration with German composer Professor Andreas Herrmann with his original composition ‘O vos omnes’ from the ‘Stop War’ series. Andreas Herrmann is a Professor of Music and Theatre at the Munich University and is also the Choral Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
‘O vos omnes’ has latin lyrics and is based on a motet by Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Lins da Victoria (1548 – 1611) with vocals, synthwork arrangements and mix by Andreas Herrmann.
The English lyric translation –
It is nothing to you
All you who pass by
Look around and see
Is any suffering like my suffering
That was inflicted on me?